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Police release photo of suspect acc...

Police release photo of suspect accused of beating 83-year-old man to death in Pasadena

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? Officers are looking for the man in this image. He's accused of beating Pedro Munive to death.
Lawsuit claims Houston area gas sta...

Lawsuit claims Houston area gas stations selling products laced with Viagra's main ingredient

An attorney says those brightly colored pills you find at corner stores could injure a man to the point of needing penile replacement surgery.
What led to arrest of store clerk a...

What led to arrest of store clerk accused of selling alcohol to minor in fatal Atascocita crash

Gumaro Munoz "Romeo" Campos, 29, is accused of selling alcohol to a teen driver involved in a deadly crash that killed two high school students.
'Don't scream': Woman shares chilli...

'Don't scream': Woman shares chilling encounter with armed robbers while jogging in SW Houston

'DON'T SCREAM': A woman is speaking to ABC13 after a chilling encounter with two armed robbers in SW Houston.
Texas Bowl Committee announces Grid...

Texas Bowl Committee announces Gridiron Legends class of 2018

The class of Gridiron Legends will add six more inductees this year.
Alvin family finds note sent to Mom...

Alvin family finds note sent to Mommy in heaven

Alvin family honors little girl's request to send not to Mommy in Heaven

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Memorial Hermann names new CEO

Memorial Hermann names new CEO

Memorial Hermann Health System has named Dr. Benjamin Chu as its new president and CEO, replacing Dan Wolterman, who announced his retirement in October and has served as CEO since 2002. Chu currently serves as the executive vice president of Oakland, California-based Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan Inc. and group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Georgia. He manages the health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 237 medical offices which services?
Houston's mayor weighs in on energy...

Houston's mayor weighs in on energy sector job losses

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner shared his views on Houston's energy-related job losses and on the city's role in stemming the blood flow.
Go Texan Day: We want to see your o...

Go Texan Day: We want to see your office's getups

When I was a little girl, I knew when it was rodeo season ? not because I was patiently awaiting the deep-fried everything and playing with goats at the petting zoo, which I definitely was ? but because on the Friday before the rodeo rolled out, I was dressed Texan to a T. I'd have tiny cowboy boots with a matching hat and a bandana around my neck; and a few years, my mom handmade my Western wear. While I might not still have her as my personal clothier, she instilled the tradition in me just?
How to grow your communication skil...

How to grow your communication skills

Human communication is complex, but the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word ?communication? is often spoken or written words. However, the words we speak and hear are just one way we communicate, and some studies show that most of our communication takes place through other means. Humans communicate in many different ways, such as verbal, nonverbal, body language and artistic communication, which is through images or music. The way we communicate with people affects all aspects?
New Houston LGBT chamber of commerc...

New Houston LGBT chamber of commerce forms

Houston has many different chambers of commerce that identify with different geographic regions and demographics. Beginning this spring, the LGBT community will have one as well. Roughly 3.3 percent of the Greater Houston area identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a recent Gallup poll, but there is no chamber of commerce that represents and promotes LGBT-owned businesses, said Tammi Wallace, co-chair of the steering committee. "There's an LGBT chamber of commerce in?
Two Houston-area law firms merge

Two Houston-area law firms merge

Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea and BenMaier PLLC has merged with Houston-based law firm Fitzhugh & Elliott PC, effective Feb. 16, according to a statement. The two Houston-based firms will keep both of their offices, one in the Energy Corridor and the other in downtown Houston. The firm will retain the SBSB name and will have 31 lawyers, according to Susan Schmaeling, a spokeswoman for the firm. Thomas Fitzhugh and John Elliott will be partners at SBSB, the statement said. "This merger deepens and expands?

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UH rolls over Ohio State, advances...

UH rolls over Ohio State, advances to Sweet 16

TULSA, Okla. ? As the final ticks went off the clock, the large contingent of University of Houston fans could sense something not seen in 35 years for the once proud basketball program.

Memes celebrate UH's coming trip t...

Memes celebrate UH's coming trip to the Sweet 16

The University of Houston is headed to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the Phi Slama Jama days 35 years ago.

Rockets trounce Pelicans, clinch p...

Rockets trounce Pelicans, clinch playoff spot

NEW ORLEANS ? If the Rockets did not have their eyes on bigger and better things, the occasion of Sunday's 113-90 romp past the New Orleans Pelicans might have been viewed as a more significant, more special, more worthy celebration to go beyond perfunctory high fives on the way off the floor.

Rockets continue rotation experime...

Rockets continue rotation experiments

NEW ORLEANS - After holding out Kenneth Faried and Austin Rivers on Friday, the Rockets altered their rotation again on Sunday, playing both to keep all 11 players that could play in a postseason sharp while continuing to look at options.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry lauds ...

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry lauds James Harden's 'genius'

NEW ORLEANS - Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry did not hold back in his praise of Rockets star James Harden to the point that when he spoke of Harden's ability to "manipulate the rules" and his "trickery" he meant that as a great compliment.

Astros set opening day roster for ...

Astros set opening day roster for 2019 season

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. ? Before the Astros departed for spring training seven weeks ago, general manager Jeff Luhnow joshed he could already predict a 25-man roster and it would align with manager A.J. Hinch's thoughts.

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Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Review one lawyer's fight vs. Harris County probation officials.

One week later: ?Significant progr...

One week later: ?Significant progress? made in clean-up effort at Deer Park plant

Crews on Sunday continued to secure the Deer Park plant and surrounding waterways where officials reported that thousands of barrels of chemical product had been removed after a breached containment wall sent the hazardous materials sprawling into the Houston Ship Channel.

Officials at Intercontinental Terminals Co. said that they?ve made ?significant progress? after days of setbacks at the site where a fire ravaged 11 tanks and sent Houston-area residents into a flurry over air and water quality as a result of flames and chemical releases.

?We did make the transition in unified command back to proactive mode,? said Brent Weber, incident commander for ITC. ?We are in a safe place as far as protecting our responders and protecting the community.?

In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency hasn?t received any reports in the past 24 hours of excessive concentrations of chemicals in the air above one part per million.

An estimated 60,000 gallons of product have been taken out of the waterways, said Jared Toczko of the US Coast Guard. Most of the remaining product ? a combination of oils and nine toxins, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ? has been contained within booms in Tucker Bayou.

The Coast Guard is working to recover pockets of product outside of the bayou and partially reopen the ship channel, which has been closed since Friday.

After days of roadblocks ? including the reignition of two tanks and the spreading of fire to an adjacent ditch on Friday ? crews have been able to remove more than 12,647 barrels of pyrolysis gasoline, or pygas, from one of the compromises tanks, according to officials at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. plant.

About 650...

At Kamala Harris? Houston rally, f...

At Kamala Harris? Houston rally, former Beto O?Rourke supporters weigh a new option

During the 2018 Texas Senate race, Austin resident Michele Schwartz canvassed for Beto O?Rourke and opened a pop-up office for his campaign at her home. A ?religious? follower of Pod Save America ? a favorite podcast among liberals ? the race between O?Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz presented her with an obvious choice.

On Saturday, though, Schwartz turned out for a rally at Texas Southern University to hear U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, stump to a Houston audience for the first time in her presidential campaign. Already, Schwartz, 50, has soured a bit on O?Rourke, turning instead to her preferred candidate: Harris.

?I'm even less excited about him since his announcement rollout,? she said, donning a black ?Kamala? hat. ?I just didn't think it was very professionally done, and I think at this stage of our country, we need a candidate who can have the right people behind him and supporting him, or her ? because they're going to throw everything they can at this candidate.?

Hardly a week into his campaign, O?Rourke?s prospects in the nascent 2020 Democratic presidential primary may depend on the loyalty of his Texas base at the polls next March, 16 months after his narrow loss to Cruz.

Now with a menu of alternatives, including Democrats who are not white men and those who have embraced the party?s progressive policy planks with greater enthusiasm than O?Rourke, voters are considering candidates such as Harris, who sees an opening in the country?s third most delegate-rich state.

At Harris? rally, some of the same Democrats who embraced O?Rourke for his slapdash campaign style and freewheeling rhetoric indicated they may be looking for something else in a presidential candidate.

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Pedestrian killed on SH 249

Pedestrian killed on SH 249

A pedestrian was killed Saturday morning attempting to cross State Highway 249, according to the Harris County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies said the pedestrian was trying to cross at the 14300 block of State Highway 249 around 2 a.m. when they were struck by a sedan driving outbound.

The pedestrian failed to yield to the sedan, deputies said, and the driver, who was not impaired, was unable to avoid the collision, authorities said.

The driver remained on scene and attempted to render aid, deputies said.

The crash is being investigated by the Harris County Sheriff's Office Vehicular Crimes Division.

Houston Ship Channel still closed ...

Houston Ship Channel still closed as 9 toxins found in water near ITC

A portion of the Houston Ship Channel remained closed Saturday as the U.S. Coast Guard attempts to determine what amount of volatile chemicals have leaked from fire-damaged Intercontinental Terminals Co. tanks into the waterway that serves as an economic engine for the region.

Test results published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Saturday afternoon confirmed what officials feared ? that contaminants, including carcinogenic benzene, were found in hazardous concentrations in an ITC drainage ditch that flows into the ship channel.

The Coast Guard has no timetable for when it plans to re-open the closed a 7-mile stretch, home to the second-largest port in the United States, measured by tonnage. What began as a small storage tank chemical fire a week ago now threatens to harm one of Houston?s largest industries.

Jim Kruse, director of the Center for Ports and Waterways at Texas A&M University, said vessels can anticipate bad weather and adjust schedules accordingly. Sudden port closures can quickly bring financial pain to shipping firms. A Texas A&M study of a four-day closure of the entire Ship Channel in 2014, due to a fuel spill, found outgoing vessels suffered $7.3 million in losses.

?It?s a big mess and a serious problem,? Kruse said. ?They have to pay extra when they?re sitting at the docks. If they don?t deliver on time, those penalties add up past, to many thousands of dollars.?

Tim Hicks, a Coast Guard Vessel Control watch supervisor, said Saturday evening 25 vessels are stuck in the ship channel, while another 26 await permission to enter. They include cargo ships, as well as gas and chemical tankers of varying sizes.

?I?ve got ships as large as 820 by 144 feet and as...

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher confronts Gre...

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher confronts Green New Deal, border security, Mueller at first town hall

U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston, continued to chart a moderate course on the Democratic Party?s top issues Saturday at her first town hall as a member of Congress.

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